Press Review


02 October 2019
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SOUTH EAST ASIA: UNHCR: Refugee movements in South East Asia decrease, but threats on their journey rise – According to a new report by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, refugee movements in South East Asia dropped sharply over the 18 months between January 2018 and June 2019. However, the threats for those fleeing violence and persecution are higher, the report found. Rohingya remained the largest refugee group on the move in the region.
BORDER MANAGEMENT: Statewatch: EU drone operations: Israeli military firm Elbit amongst maritime agency's subcontractors – The Commission revealed that seven EU member states have been provided with drone "services" by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) since 2018, and EMSA has also "supported the [European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex] in 2018 and 2019 with surveillance along the Portuguese coast." The information on EU drones was provided by the European Commission following a written question from the GUE/NGL MEP Özlem Demirel, published by Statewatch.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Al Jazeera: More than 1,000 people dead in Mediterranean so far this year – According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, more than 1,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe in 2019. This number was reached for the sixth year in a row although numbers of people attempting to cross have been decreasing. UNHCR calls for an increase in search and rescue capacity, including a return of European Union state vessels to operations and an “acknowledgement of the crucial role of NGO boats in saving lives at sea”.

See also: UNHCR: Mediterranean Situation.

SEARCH & RESCUE: Times of Malta: Armed forces rescue migrant boat, amid claims of intentional delays – Maltese armed forces (AMF) have rescued a group of around 40 people, including two pregnant women and some children, who were on board a boat in distress at sea. The NGO Alarm Phone, which acts as a hotline for distressed migrants crossing the Mediterranean, accused the Maltese authorities of delaying the rescue as the rescue only occurred 22h hours after the NGO first alerted them to the boat.
BOSNIA: Reuters: U.N. calls on Bosnia to stop forcing migrants into unsafe camp – The United Nations called on Bosnia to stop forcing migrants to settle at an unsafe camp near the Croatian border, describing it as unfit for housing people. Some 800 migrants have been steered to the Vucjak site, a former landfill close to landmine-infested areas, around 8 km from the Croatian border. The location lacks running water, electricity and medical care and there are very few sanitation facilities.

GREECE: Ekathimerini: Greece announces fresh measures to deal with irregular migration – The Greek government announced more details on a range of measures to deal with an increase in arrivals of asylum seekers on Greek islands and an exacerbation of conditions in reception facilities. They include steps to tighten up border control, closed-structure pre-departure centers for people who have entered Greece irregularly and a safe country list for return. They also plan to step up transfers to the mainland and involvement of the EU.

See also: UNHCR: Greece must act to end dangerous overcrowding in island reception centres, EU support crucial.

GREECE: France 24: Hundreds of migrants protest conditions on Greek isle of Lesbos – Around 400 people protested against conditions on the Greek island of Lesbos, two days after a deadly fire at the overcrowded migrant camp there. Shouting slogan, the demonstrators walked from Moria camp towards the port of Mytilene. The protesters were calling to be moved off the island immediately and for better living conditions. One women died and another 19 people were injured in the blaze on Monday.

SPAIN: Europa Press: La llegada de migrantes en patera cae un 49,3% en los primeros nueve meses de 2019 – According to data released by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, the number of boat arrivals at the Spanish coast in 2019 has dropped by 50% compared to the same period of the previous year to a total of 18.591. According to the International organisation on migration, 269 people lost their lives trying to reach Sapin via the Med. Also land arrivals such via the border fence in the Spanish enclaves in Ceuta and Melilla have decreased.

See also: Diario de Mallorca: Diez detenidos de una patera que ha llegado a la costa de Santanyí;  ABC: Llegan a Baleares 56 inmigrantes en seis pateras.

SWEDEN: AYS Featured Sweden: A new judicial evaluation regarding the safety situation in Syria by the Swedish Migration Agency could allow Swedish authorities to reject asylum seekers from Syria. Are You Syrious reports that according to the Migration Agency’s legal chief, Fredrik Beijer, Sweden could become the first country in Europe to work out a framework for deportations back to Syria. The Migration Agency will begin by looking at the possibility to deport those who have committed crimes and been convicted in Sweden.
BorderCriminologiesBlog: ‘3 Mexican Countries’: When All Latin American Migrants Become Mexicans – Researcher David Hernández takes serious Fox News’ Freudian Slip of presenting El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as “3 Mexican Countries”. Analysing the racialing logic of US anti-migrant discourse, he argues that the error is reflective of the overemphasis and normalization of Mexico in border-centric immigration-thinking.

BBC: The Displaced: Climate change in Vietnam 'destroying family life' – This BBC documentary is exploring climate change induced displacement in Vietnam. This story is part of a BBC News series, called "The Displaced" - a selection of stories exploring the human impact of this movement, and how it is changing our world.

Friends of Europe: It's time for Africa – In her column, Shada Islam from Friends of Europe underlines that there’s more to Europe-Africa relations than the EU’s obsessive focus on African migration. Urgent action to reshape policies which have weighed down EU-Africa relations for far too long must be a top priority in the EU’s new ‘strategic agenda’, she writes and demands revisiting the perception of Africa as a continent of mass exodus and migration.
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Hannah Berwian

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